Correspondence Course In India, Correspondence Courses Toward My History Degree
Q: I'm starting correspondence courses this fall. Finally going back
for that history degree, hoping to eventually become a teacher like
I always wanted. The kids will both be in school, so it's finally
time. I have a couple questions I'm hoping someone here can answer.
First, Can you offer any advice that will make the distance
learning process easier? I'm worried about maintaining my
motivation since I won't actually be attending classes. I'm also
worried about not having much contact with the professors. Any
experienced correspondence students here have tips for me?
Second, Computer stuff. I'm thinking about upgrading to Office XP
from Office 2000 in order to have an easier time writing papers.
Has anyone here upgraded, and if so, what do you think of it? Was
installation easy? I figure the easier it is for me to do my
homework, the likelier it is I'll do it. I already have DSL, so
connection isn't a problem.
A:Motivation is indeed key. I'd try to make a plan for each course -- set a schedule for reading, study, writing with deadline dates for sending assignments. And often you can have some good interaction with the instructors. Try sending a cover letter with your first assignment to tell the prof something about yourself and your reasons for taking the course. Ask if it would be possible to schedule a phone call if you have questions about how to proceed with an assignment. With subsequent lessons, include a note about readings you found especially interesting or questions you found puzzling. Ask for suggestions for further reading and research. American History provides the most likely avenue to employment, but as a 'world historian'I hope you will not ignore history at large. It can maintain your own sanity. For example, I was stimulated by an answer given by my daughter's history teacher "why Europe rose and not Asia". Her teacher said it was "the climate." I took exception to the response and read more deeply into the history of 14-15 century China and India, the explorations of Adm He from China to Africa, and the subsequent 'isolationism' of the Ming dynasty just as the Portuguese were entering the Indian Ocean. What might this tell us about the impact of isolationism in America? Also, a section on slavery in America led me to examine slavery throughout the world: how it began, how it is defined, where slaves came from and etc. What is the impact of oral 'history' or historical 'truth'? While doing all this reading takes time, it keeps the brain alive and often helps you answer those pesky aside questions students (and your own children) keep raising. As far as DE degrees go, I haven't been paying attention; my choices have settled on Regents College or an in-state semi-residential program (plus Regents Credit Bank). Regents charges the same regardless of residency. (today's odd discovery: even distance students enrolling at Charter Oak State College in Connecticut apparently must provide proof of measles and rubella vaccinations in order to enroll - it's a state law) For courses via correspondence, many universities I've checked out do NOT have additional charges for out-of-state students. Huge exceptions include the University of Florida ($220/semester hour) and Indiana State University ($284.50/semester hour) for non-residents (!!!). Based on fees listed on each university's web site or in mailed materials, here are the cheapest options I've found so far: Texas Tech University - $53/semester hour Louisiana State University - $55/semester hour (good selection of upper-level business courses) University of Idaho - $66.50/semester hour Oklahoma State University - $65/credit hour (not sure if this is quarter or semester)
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